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Nick Mason Q&A in London's Tower 47 - watch now Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Back in July, the UK's Tower 47, in Camden's Chalk Farm Road in London, was host to a Q&A with Nick Mason (something that stayed well below our radar, so apologies that we weren't able to let you know about this before now).

In an interesting chat with the compère, and small audience, Nick talks about musicians getting fair recompense for their work, including a look at Spotify, which had Pink Floyd joining the music streaming service at the same time as Radiohead left it! He also talks about the rise of social media, his influences and other bands, the Live8 reunion and the likelihood of anything similar to happen again, his favourite Floyd songs (and why), his early years in music, and much more. Well worth hearing his Q&A, which you can do through the following video:

 
Roger Waters' Ca Ira - Nashville gets US premiere of opera Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 15 September 2014

Roger Waters - Ca IraWith his work on The Wall now virtually complete (with presumably just the home release of the film, along with any other cinema screenings, to come) Roger Waters has turned his attention back on his opera Ca Ira, for its US premiere at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. There will be two performances, with Roger narrating both, on January 29th and 30th, 2015.

The piece is scored for full orchestra, four solo voices, chorus and a children's chorus. The Tennessean newspaper state that the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Symphony Chorus and Blair Children’s Chorus will perform onstage with Waters. We understand that this will be a resumption of his narration role he performed on its last performance, in Gothenburg, Sweden, last year.

"We are thrilled and honored to have a legendary talent like Roger Waters at the Schermerhorn to debut this phenomenal production for an American audience," Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony president and CEO, said in a news release. "We embrace any opportunity to expand our artistic mission with adventurous, ground-breaking projects, and 'Ca Ira' promises to be two nights of entertainment that Middle Tennesseans will never forget."

The ticket presales for Ca Ira begin at 10am CDT today for Nashville Symphony donors and subscribers. The public sale begins at 10am CDT on Friday at NashvilleSymphony.org, via phone at 615-687-6400 or at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center box office in Nashville, Tennessee.

 
Richard Wright Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 15 September 2014

Richard WrightToday, September 15th, marks the very sad, sixth anniversary of the passing of Richard Wright, and along with many around the world, our thoughts are with his family and friends today, as they remember him.

A founding member of the early Pink Floyd, his distinctive keyboard work was a cornerstone of the band's music, yet his contribution was, of course, so much greater than that, as a vocalist and songwriter, responsible for many significant pieces of music throughout the band's career. Richard was such a key member of the band, and without him, the band would surely have trod a dramatically different path. The affection of the fans for Richard was clear to see on the 2006 David Gilmour tour, where Richard often received the loudest cheers each night.

As with previous years, a steady stream of emails are arriving here from fans who are thinking of Richard today, and who will - like us - be playing his music in tribute throughout today. You can share your thoughts on Richard, his contribution to Pink Floyd, and his contribution to your own life, over at our Facebook page.

 
Pink Floyd's Delicate Sound of Thunder 2014 2CD reissue/reprint Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 13 September 2014
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Around May 13th, Pink Floyd's 1988 live album Delicate Sound of Thunder was the subject of a reissue/reprint in the US. Having been out of print for more than five years there, the return to availability of the album (particularly in that country) is sure to be welcomed.

It is presented in packaging that seemed to appear at the end of last year in Europe, and is markedly different from how it appeared on its original release.

Moving from the old style "fat" double CD case, to the now normal slim 2CD format, it is immediately apparent how different it is. First, a slightly different image from the Mr Sound and Mr Light photo-shoot appears on the cover, and rather than the original which contained the picture in a box centrally on the front, the image now wraps around the removable booklet. The rear shows the baobab tree cluster, but again fully using the space available. Inside, the discs repeat (as red or blue 'negative' images) the baobabs with a small "PINK FLOYD" and virtually unreadable track names and copyright info, rather than the old style plain text ones from 1988.

There are also some changes to the booklet itself, with some different live shots and other changes. Sonically, there are no changes, as it is not a remaster, and its release is really due to the band's move from Sony to Warner in the US. The repackaging - done by StormStudios - was a good way to give a decent refresh to a fairly tired, and dated, package.

Our thanks in particular to Michael Nickel for his help with this, as well as BD's own Ed Lopez-Reyes. For those who either never bought this live album originally, or who want to update their collection with this new edition, you can order it through the following direct links: Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.

 
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